I'm Jim Hayes. I'm a techie entrepreneur
who, with my wife and business partner, Karen, started one of
the world's first fiber optic test equipment companies, Fotec,
in 1981. Fotec was acquired in 2001 by Fluke Networks and we
left in 2002. I had also been involved in training cabling and
fiber optic technicians since 1982 through a Fotec organization
we called Fiber U and Cable University. The Fotec and Cable U
websites and all the training materials we created were probably
the most popular in communications cabling.
Now I'm the President of The Fiber Optic Association
and Karen and I run The FOA
and VDV Works LLC, a company
that provides tech support to the VDV (voice-data-video) industry.
We consult on technology, create technical content for training
and offer training through VDV
Academy. We've revived Lennie
Lightwave's Guide To Fiber Optics and Uncle
Ted's Guide To VDV Cabling on the web for everyone who
missed these highly-praised introductions to fiber optics and
structured cabling. I have several
books in print, write articles and columns on cabling for
many publications and serve as a contributing editor to Electrical
Contractor and TED magazines. I'm also a frequent
speaker at seminars and conventions.
This website includes my personal
pages and links to those of my family.
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- Since the early 1960s, I've
been involved with photography, sports cars and sports car racing. During
the 60s, I wrenched for various teams and photographed many races.
I've retired from racing myself but maintain my interest in cars,
attending many car events and help my sons race karts. I also collect
auto art and models - like this Dallaire tether car from the 30s. And I still follow Astronomy!
- My big interest today is photography,
which I also began in the 60s. I have thousands of photos of racing, much
from 60s era sports car races that I'm still cataloging, putting
and then giving to the Watkins Glen racing library for preservation.
I also am "curator" of many images of 50's racing taken
Wolery, the high school teacher who got me interested in
both sports cars and photography. Like most photographers, I abandoned film
for digital photography years ago. I have posted a
"few" of my favorite photos here.
- Karen and I enjoy travel, especially
nature trips around the world and local in in our new home in
California. We've been to Egypt,
the Galapogas, Canada
(Grizzlies) and whale watching
in Baja. And more!
- Karen and I moved to California
in early 2003 from the suburbs of Boston to a rural mountainside
between LA and San Diego. Here's some photos
of the place we bought, local animals, plants, cars and some
peculiarities of California! We're working on a new website for our farm, Food Chain Farm.
Karen is into organic gardening and cooking. We have two sons, Michael and Daniel, who graduated
from college in 2003. Here is more information on the rest of the
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